Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/23/13
St Etienne kept the pressure on in the battle for Europe as they brushed aside rock-bottom Nancy 3-0, whilst Lille cruised to 3-1 victory at Ajaccio. Brandao's opener and a brace by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a routine victory for St Etienne, who have now won five and drawn two of their last seven games and remain beaten away from home in the league in 2013. The visitors' night was marred by the second-half dismissal of Fabian Lemoine, while Nancy also ended a man light after substitute Florent Zitte was sent off just minutes into his Ligue 1 debut. The win puts St Etienne fifth, just two points behind third-placed Marseille who are preparing for Sunday's tough trip to face leaders Paris St Germain. Montpellier moved up to sixth with a 1-0 win away to Evian, with Younes Belhanda scoring 10 minutes from time in a smash-and-grab raid on their relegation-battling hosts. Rennes lost ground in the European battle with a 2-2 draw at home to Sochaux, but it would have been worse...
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